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SMOKED OUT: COUNTY SHUTS DOWN CREMATORIUM OVER "HORRIFIC" VIOLATIONS

 

Owners of El Cajon facility may apply to reopen if costly equipment changes are made to eliminate smoke, odors

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 28, 2011 (San Diego) – By a unanimous 4-0 vote, San Diego County’s Air Pollution Control District Board ordered an immediate shut down of  a Neptune Society crematorium  on Lake Jennings Road in El Cajon  to abate a public nuisance. 

 

“This was clearly a violation of public policy and a public health hazard,” Michael Drake, public affairs officer for the County’s land use and environmental group, told East County Magazine after the hearing.  He praised the Board for “doing the right thing” and expressed hope that the owners will upgrade or replace antiquated equipment so that they can “comply and come back into business.”